Master Zach

January 31st, 2009 § 0 comments

Zach here. I was just setting up a paypal account so that people could donate greenbacks via the interweb (don’t get too stoked, it’s not up yet), and when prompted for my name I couldn’t help but browse the possible list of titles they provide. According to paypal, my name is now Master Zach Weintraub. The whole affair led me to wonder what a master really is. I know that in my case it refers to “master of disaster”, but I doubt that’s what paypal had in mind. Wikipedia had the answer. It turns out that I’m way lower in rank than I thought:

“Master was used in England for men of some rank, especially “free masters” of a trade guild and by any manual worker or servant employee to his employer (his master), but also generally by those lower in status to gentlemen, priests or scholars…after its replacement in common speech by Mister, Master was retained as an address for boys or young men.”

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